Recycling in Rhondda Cynon Taf has increased significantly in recent times thanks to more and more people supporting a green future.
Just five years ago only 45% of our overall waste was recycled – a figure which grew to 64% by 2016/17. But the Welsh Government’s target rises to 70% by 2024/25.
Therefore we have a choice to make – either recycle more and help the environment, or face significant fines in the future, which we all want to avoid. The Choice Is Clear, everyone needs to recycle.
We estimate that three in four people in Rhondda Cynon Taf recycle regularly – and if you are one of these people, the new rules are unlikely to affect you.
The Council is therefore introducing new rules from June 4, 2018, to target people who don’t recycle. They will introduce:
- A ‘no side waste’ rule for households with fortnightly bin collections. Black bag waste will need to be contained within an RCT wheelie bin, with the general rule that the bin’s lid must shut.
- A ‘two black bag limit’ for fortnightly household collections without a bin. This would reduce from four bags currently.
- A change in the (winter) green waste collection service from weekly to fortnightly between November 1 and March 1. Outside of these dates, in summer, the service will remain weekly.
- A Fixed Penalty Notice of £100, to be issued by the Council as a last resort to people who continually refuse to recycle.
The number of recycling bags per household, collected weekly, will remain unlimited.
The changes will help us hit the 70% recycling target and allow existing fortnightly waste collections to be kept, instead of considering moving to a three or four-week arrangement.
Those who repeatedly fail to recycle could face a £100 fine. This will be as a last resort following awareness-raising exercises and notices from enforcement officers.
There will be exceptions to the new rules, which will be rescinded over Christmas and New Year. Households with exceptional circumstances, including those disposing of ash which cannot be recycled, should contact the Council.
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